Man Buys Stolen N614k Bike For N37K, Gives It Back To The Real Owner (Photo)

A man identified as Ste Burke, has bought an expensive stolen bike just so he could return it to its owner because he knew ‘someone had paid a lot of money for it’.

The 26 year-old paid £80 for the bike, which he knew cost over £1300, after being approached by three men who asked him if he wanted to buy it.

Man Buys Stolen N614k Bike For N37K, Gives It Back To The Real Owner (Photo)

He says he realised the bike was stolen after noticing a bike lock on the back wheel when the men approached him.

He told ‘I had just come home from the gym and I was getting my gym bag out of the back of my car to go inside my home when I was approached by 3 men carrying the bike.

‘That was my first red flag, then I saw the bike lock on the back of the wheel and he wanted to sell a £1350 bike for £100. I offered him the £80 and he took it. ‘So as soon as they left I put it on Twitter because I knew it wouldn’t have been stolen far away as it was locked.’

After the post went viral, Ste was contacted by a woman claiming to know the original owner, who she put him in contact with.

A few hours later the man met Ste and had the key to the lock as well as the paperwork for the bike, including a receipt.

Ste said: ‘He thanked me as his home was recently burgled and it’s a bit of good news for him through the hard time he’s going through.

‘He told me he got paid on Friday and could he send me the money then and I said no. I told him I didn’t feel right taking money off a man who has just had his house burgled.’

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Following the incident, Halfords have been in touch with Ste to offer him a free bike of his own, however, he says ‘he didn’t do it for free stuff’. He said: ‘Halfords have been very kind reaching out to me, I didn’t do it for free stuff I just did it because I knew someone’s paid a lot for it.’ He was also happy to have received the praise of rapper Stormzy who he said was his ‘hero’.

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